Youth league baseball tournaments are in full swing, with district tournaments in the rearview and sectional and regional tournaments down the road. A pair of area Little League teams won district championships but came in second place in sectional play.
The Clearwater Little League 10-11-year-old All-Star team won the District 12 tournament and advanced to the Section 7 tournament. Clearwater lost in the section final to Citrus Park 15-14. The district championship snapped a 24-year drought for Clearwater LL 12-under teams in district all-star tournaments. Players are Noah Ackerman, Gabriel Adams Jr., Avery Cordner-James, Hanna Derringer, Stuart Ford, Drew Hansen, Christopher Julian, Devin Ortega, Tanner Richardson, Timmy Rodriguez, Danny Slattery, Blake Wrenn. Coaches are Sean Cordner-James, Dave Richardson, Mark Wrenn and Gabriel Adams Sr.
The Seminole Little League Junior All-Stars won the District 5 championship and came in second at the Section 7 tournament. The team defeated Crystal River and Largo at sectionals, but lost to Palmaceia/Bayshore in the final. Team members are Nate Tomilonus, Dylan Hartog, Luke Biblehauser, Tanner Suarez, Anthony DeRosa, Matt Tharp, Chase Michael, Brandon Farling, Douglas Borgh, Chris Cuellar, Austin Lamoureux, Tanner Rice, Colby Brooks and Kyle Frickmann. Coaches are Mickey Suarez, Mark Michael, Scott DeRosa and Tom Tharp.
Then there is the 13-under Stinger Baseball team from St. Petersburg. It recently finished in second place out of 30 teams at the USSA World Series in Orlando. Team members are Aaron Arnold, Evan Bearnarth, Justin Dahill, J.P Hollandsworth, Tanner Lawrence, Clay Looney, David Rieth, David Sockel, Chase Stevens, Garrett Sullivan and Andy Ly. Coaches are Harold Harris, Steve Lawrence, Rodney Sullivan and Gary Arnold.
The County Golf Association held two tournaments in the past week. There was an individual tournament July 21 at Mangrove Bay. The regular division gross winner was John Lisenbee, who shot 72. The regular division net winner was Peter Thompson, who shot 64. The senior division gross winner was Greg Farrey, who shot 67. The senior division net winner was Rick Lind, who shot 63. The ladies net winner was Brittany Jones, who shot 71.
The CGA's better ball tournament was held July 25 at the Bayou Club. The regular division gross winners were Steve Bennett and Mark Dinkel, who shot 72. The senior division gross winners were Farrey and Mark Wheaton, who shot 63. The overall net winners were Barry Tosdevine and Gary Shellenberger, who shot 62. The ladies net winners were Judy Barrie and Sheila Dale, who shot 74.
• The West Coast Women's Golf Association held its bimonthly event at Eastlake Woodlands South Course on July 27. There were 43 women in the field. The overall winner was Debbie Mook-Sang, who shot 76 that included a hole-in-one 135-yard fourth hole. The Flight A winner was Kathy Conroy of East Lake Woodlands, who shot 80. The Flight B winner was Lourdes Figuero, who shot 88.
The Florida Rams, a 12-under team made up of players throughout the state including seven from Pinellas County, recently participated in the AAU nationals in Hampton, Va. The tournament had 92 teams, and the Rams were quarterfinalists. The team went 2-1 in pool play before advancing in the championship bracket and finishing as quarterfinalists. The local team members are Letrell Randall (Clearwater), Julian Thompson (Dunedin), Paxton Wilson (Clearwater), Eddie Williams III (Largo), Danny Neugebaur (Dunedin), Darius Banks (St. Petersburg) and Pro Wells (St. Petersburg).
Daniela Bellini, 11, of Tierra Verde won the North Florida Jr. Designated 12-year-old singles championship in Tallahassee on July 23-25. She also won the 12 doubles with partner Sophia Edwards.
If you have a youth baseball team that recently won a tournament championship, contact Rodney Page at email@example.com.